Hero soldier stole shampoo in "moment of madness"

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A SOLDIER who who was awarded a medal for his bravery stole an iPad cable and shampoo in a “moment of madness," a court heard.

Adam Hosford, of Edward Pease Way, Darlington, was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) for bravery in 2010 after he saved the lives of 24 people while on duty with the Army in Iraq.

However, on January 30 this year following an eight-hour drinking session, the 21-year-old soldier stole an iPad charger as well as shampoo and conditioner from customers at the Boot and Shoe pub, in Darlington.

Blair Martin told Darlington Magistrates’ Court today that Hosford, who joined the Army when he was 16, said he was “nine-out-of-ten drunk” when he stole the items from a private bedroom in the pub.

“He was trying to find the gents toilets but ended up in the room and took the items,” he said.

“To use the cliché it was a moment of madness. He told the occupants of the room he had permission from the landlord to be in there.”

The court was told Hosford had two previous convictions for robbery in 2010, as well as an Army conviction last year, which he was appealing.

Mo Sibert of Darlington’s probation service, who prepared a report on Hosford, said it was extremely rare for a soldier to be awarded an MSM medal.

“Whatever happens today you will never be able to take that away from him,” she said.

“I think he is a good soldier and they think a lot about him.

“He knows he cannot keep coming back to the courts. He knows every time he comes to the courts it is a double whammy from the Army and the courts."

Hosford reached the rank of Lance Corporal before being demoted to Trooper following his conviction last year.

He pleaded guilty to burglary and magistrates ordered him to pay a fine of £650 as well as £85 costs and £65 victim surcharge.

Glynn Wales, chairman of the bench, said: “You are a very smart young man.

“You need to put this behind you and realise we have treated you very leniently and we do not want to besmirch what could be a very promising military career.”

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8:16am Wed 13 Feb 13

Dummy Half says...

Completely baffles me when young soldiers do stupid stuff like this, why steal when you have a decent job?? I was a section commander in the infantry for 10 years and you would not believe some of the stuff young lads would come back after a weekend and tell me they had been arrested for.

Squaddies have a bad enough reputation in this town as it is without idiots like this making it worse. Believe it or not there are some decent lads amongst squaddies, they are not all drunken yobs.
Completely baffles me when young soldiers do stupid stuff like this, why steal when you have a decent job?? I was a section commander in the infantry for 10 years and you would not believe some of the stuff young lads would come back after a weekend and tell me they had been arrested for. Squaddies have a bad enough reputation in this town as it is without idiots like this making it worse. Believe it or not there are some decent lads amongst squaddies, they are not all drunken yobs. Dummy Half
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11:59am Wed 13 Feb 13

Homshaw1 says...

Serving in Iraq does strange things to your mind

I am usually intollerant with anti social behaviour but I have seen what these experiences do to young men so I'm a bit hesitant to pass judgement
Serving in Iraq does strange things to your mind I am usually intollerant with anti social behaviour but I have seen what these experiences do to young men so I'm a bit hesitant to pass judgement Homshaw1
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2:29pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Dummy Half says...

Homshaw1 wrote:
Serving in Iraq does strange things to your mind

I am usually intollerant with anti social behaviour but I have seen what these experiences do to young men so I'm a bit hesitant to pass judgement
Totally understand your point, however there are plenty of soldiers who've been to war zones and haven't ended up doing things like this, me included.

Probably the fact he is quite young may be a factor as to why he may not have handled himself properly. Hopefully lesson learnt for the lad and he can move on.
[quote][p][bold]Homshaw1[/bold] wrote: Serving in Iraq does strange things to your mind I am usually intollerant with anti social behaviour but I have seen what these experiences do to young men so I'm a bit hesitant to pass judgement[/p][/quote]Totally understand your point, however there are plenty of soldiers who've been to war zones and haven't ended up doing things like this, me included. Probably the fact he is quite young may be a factor as to why he may not have handled himself properly. Hopefully lesson learnt for the lad and he can move on. Dummy Half
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